​Mission, Vision and Objectives of the California Geological Survey


The mission of CGS is to provide scientific products and services about the state's geology, seismology and mineral resources including their related​​ hazards, that affect the health, safety, and business interests of the people of California.


CGS is regarded as the primary source of ge​ological and seismological products and services for decision making by California's government agencies, its businesses and the public.


  1. Increase the use of CGS products and services in order to improve the quality of decision-making by local jurisdictions, professional consultants, and private persons regarding the public's health and safety, its economy, and its business decisions.
  2. Develop and maintain the highest technical and professional expertise of CGS staff through formal training programs, scientific and technical conferences, and continuing education activities.
  3. Develop and maintain a succession planning program to actively transfer institutional knowledge, promote current staff, and recruit new talent.​
Seal of the California State Geologist